The political establishment overseeing the much-touted war on climate change has it easy.
So do the gamblers on the Chicago weather futures exchange. No legal process or bill in congress is afoot to hold accountable the parties violating the Clean Air Act and jeopardizing the public health for the lofty goal of a war on global warming.
By David Tulis
Those making financial bets in the Windy City reap — or lose — millions in a tally unremarked by anyone but their tax attorneys and IRS clerks.
The process of weather modification and what critics say is the poisoning of large swaths of the planet are overlooked in the regular press, though the Internet feasts upon a feared conspiracy of military and corporate interests.
In Chattanooga the sky striping activities of the modern state also are ignored by people whose opinions matter.
Typical of the easygoing approach to the world’s biggest environmental story is Paul Barys. The WRCB-TV3 weather forecaster today is tamping down signs of unrest among people such as concerned mom Kelli Lentine of Signal Mountain, Tenn.
On Friday Mrs. Lentine sent Mr. Barys a photo of that day’s sky as seen from her mountaintop.
“These are called contrails,” Mr. Barys prattles in a note. “They have been occurring since planes flew in the upper atmosphere. Sometimes you see them when the humidity in the upper atmosphere is highs and sometimes you do not see them. This morning for example. Planes are flying 24 [hours] a day up there. What you are seeing is water vapor turned to ice crystals. The temp up there is 40 to 50 below zero. They were first discovered during WW2 when the bombers were flying to Germany and back. Before then they did not fly high enough.
“It is the same principle that you see on a cold winter morning when you turn your car on and see the water vapor coming out the exhaust. The colder it is the more trail you see. If someone wanted to poison the atmosphere they would do it with a crop duster, not a jet. I have seen them my whole life. Nothing has changed! Check this photo out from WW2.”(italics added).
It is not part of his ill-will or intellectual malignity that Mr. Barys denies tropospheric or stratospheric aerosol geoengineering. It is part of his professional integrity and job commitment that he studiously ignore the science of geoengineering and the repeated galleries of evidence for it in his hometown, Chattanooga.
‘Accidental geoengineering’ at Smithsonian
Mrs. Lentine stands apart from her friends on Signal Mountain. The mother of three schoolboys and the wife of an imports businessman, Lou, looks into the sky Friday and its crisscrossing white streaks. “There’s nothing natural about this,” she says. “When are our trusted meteorologist going to speak out about geoengineering? We the people deserve to know the truth about what is happening in our skies. We are all being forced to live in this mess and it’s not right.”
The sky striping story is gaining among a strongly pro-government group — actors. Chuck Norris, the noted tough guy on the big screen and on TV, takes the side of Mrs. Lentine and others who see in the photo gallery of global sky striping an alarming story.
“Chemtrailing is the ‘public’s term for the classified [covert] and ongoing artificial modification of Earth’s climate systems using reflective nano-materials (aerosols) to reflect sunlight. The aerosols are dispersed via jet aircraft trails that expand into reflective artificial clouds.’
He cites Sarah Zielinski’s essay in the December 2015 Smithsonian, “Airplane Contrails May Be Creating Accidental Geoengineering.” Zielinski explains, “Geoengineering involves the manipulation of an environmental process in such a way, usually deliberate, that it affects the Earth’s climate.” The essay in World Net Daily quotes Charles Long of the NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., who reports at a press conference: “This haze is caused by airplanes, and it is gradually whitening blue skies. We might be actually conducting some unintentional geoengineering here.”
Mr. Norris frets that scientists have at least theorized about delivering vaccines to an uneasy population by jet emissions. He cites a National Center for Biotechnology Information abstract that says two governments have used aircraft mass spraying for inoculations. “Several thousand human subjects have been aerosol-vaccinated over a period of many years in Russia with live-attenuated strains against many diseases. Extensive field trials in South America with aerosolized live-attenuated measles vaccine have also been successful, and excellent results have been reported with pilot projects employing inactivated or live-attenuated aerosol influenza.”
“Over the past 13 years since the study,” Mr. Norris asks, “does anyone think it’s possible that such mass vaccinations or immunizations have occurred by air in trial locations in the U.S.?
How many plane-dropping chemical cocktails have already been sprayed around the world in the name of securing public health?”
The essay also cites the work of maverick geophysicist, J. Marvin Herndon, whom I have interviewed twice. He says the injections are coal fly ash in the troposphere.
Particles in your future?
Mr. Barys dismisses all white aerial scars as water vapor. That may be a Southron boy’s pleasing simplicity and good faith. But it looks naive on two counts.
First, in light of today’s photo gallery of global persistent cloud creation in the lower atmopshere.
Secondarily, in light of the technical and impersonal dreamworld of scientists and academicians who theorize about mass spraying of populations — not for or against their personal health — but to weaken the health of the sun. To sicken the overbearing and overheating golden orb whose radiation sustains life on earth.
Writing for the online magazine Slate, Jacob Brogan and Andrew Kahn tell about software projects the effects of the deliberate intervention into the weather. They wonder how an airborne war against the sun would work to alter temps, how an official program of mass pollution could be imposed upon the world, the nations and their peoples.
They compare different ways of imposing geoengineering “on a global scale.”
“This interactive shows temperature data from one proposed approach to geoengineering, which has us spraying sulfates into the stratosphere beginning in 2020 to reflect more sunlight into space, bringing down global temperatures in the process. (This is known as albedo modification.) The sulfate load will increase annually in order to keep temperatures roughly stable.”
Their map reads blue where jet injections reduce temperatures, and red where they “actually might” raise them. The Slate writers interview Ben Kravitz of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory who helped create the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project. The computer projection uses “stratospheric aerosols” to “turn down the sun.” They carefully step around the personal and human damage that might arise from official particulate pollution to deflect sunlight and (possibly) trap additional heat near the surface of the earth.
“Do people care about temperature? Do they care about precipitation? Maybe. They probably care more about agriculture and water scarcity and things like that. So the next question involves taking all that climate model data and interpreting it, working with the impacts assessment community to do a better job.” In other words, floods, droughts, extreme weather emerge from our intervention in weather — and may matter to people.
Dr. Kravitz is cautious. “What I will say is that according to the model results, geoengineering reduces a lot of the problems associated with climate change. It also might introduce some new ones that we don’t necessarily know. Geoengineering is not perfect.”
Amid the ridicule, clues
Weather modification has been common around the world since the 1940s, according to the North American Weather Modification Council. The group is offering F$1,500 scholarships trying to interest students in its work and ready to pay scholars F$1,000 to attend its next convention.
But press coverage in Pennsylvania and elsewhere shrilly adopts the “conspiracy theory” label to dismiss critics of sky striping such as Kelli Lentine. A story at Philly.com about an anti-geoengineering billboard tut-tuts the possibility of a secret weather modification program. “That a cabal of government, military, and industry miscreants is secretly playing God and sowing terror from the skies is deemed highly unlikely by researchers.”
Still, the story describes sky striping in a way that should trouble the soul, and feed meaning into even our most casual observations.
As outlandish as researchers find the [Bye Bye Blue Sky’s] theories, however, real science lies behind some fears that the organization professes. Specifically, scientists believe the climate can be engineered, or geo-engineered, as they call it.
It works like this: Climate science tells us the Earth is warming from an abundance of carbon dioxide, also called greenhouse gas because it makes the atmosphere absorb heat. ***
But that could take years — decades, possibly. So, as electrical and computer engineering professor Granger Morgan of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh wrote, “It is imperative for the survival of the planet … that there be a Plan B.”
What science has come up with is a climate intervention called solar radiation management. The idea is to pump large amounts of particles into the stratosphere to reflect sunlight.
While this is primarily a theory, such effects have been demonstrated in real life. When giant volcanoes have erupted in the past, they spewed gases that converted into sulfate particles, which reflected sunlight and cooled the Earth, at least temporarily.
So, scientists argue, if global warming got to a crisis point, we could theoretically pump reflective particles skyward, cooling the planet quickly, maybe even in a matter of days.
Mr. Barys may be doing the honorable thing to honor his job description as weatherman to dismiss sky striping. He may be maintaining peace between WRCB’s sleepy weather desk and its cost-conscious news desk. But to suggest that “if someone wanted to poison the atmosphere they would do it with a crop duster, not a jet” is nearly laughable.
Cropdusters fly at 40 feet and aerosol cloud dusters at 40,000. A mother of three is more believable than the professional newsman on the screen at 3.
Jacob Brogan and Andrew Kahn, “How Geoengineering Could Affect the Global Climate,” Slate, Jan. 20, 2016. http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/01/an_interactive_simulation_of_geoengineering_using_data_from_geomip.html
Chuck Norris, “Sky Criminals,” WND, April 24, 2016. http://www.wnd.com/2016/04/sky-criminals/#dfwPQ4S9jSfrtlqE.99
Alfred Lubrano, “Are those jet trails in the sky out to get you?” Philly.com, May 05, 2016. http://articles.philly.com/2016-05-05/news/72862779_1_jet-contrails-kylie-jenner-north-america